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On April 23, 1995, UNESCO first celebrated World Book Day. On this day, the UN encourages people, “and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and to gain a renewed respect for the extraordinary contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.”
 
World Book Day had its start in Spain. April 23 was the day on which Miguel de Cervantes, the great Spanish author of Don Quixote and other books and plays, died in 1616. On this day, Spanish booksellers in the region of Catalonia gave roses to each customer who bought a book.
 
Today, World Book Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries. Spain still honors Cervantes with a Don Quixote “read-a-thon.” In the United Kingdom, authors and booksellers make special books available for children with “book tokens.” These World Book Day Books may include a special edition of Winnie the Pooh, an issue of the “Horrible Histories” series, or a story by British author Neil Gaiman. Around the world, books take many different forms—in Africa, more students read books on their smartphones than on paper.
author
Noun

person who writes.

celebrate
Verb

to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

customer
Noun

consumer, or someone who buys something.

encourage
Verb

to inspire or support a person or idea.

extraordinary
Adjective

unusual or uncommon.

smartphone
Noun

mobile telephone with additional features, such as a web browser or music playing device.

token
Noun

material, usually similar to a coin, that may be exchanged for specific goods or services.

Noun

the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

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